Tiffany Haddish is a great example of what it means to be a true success. In 2018, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most powerful people in the world, and The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the 100 most powerful people in entertainment in both 2018 and 2019.
The topic of anything goes when it comes to stand-up comedy remains highly divisive even now. This is especially true after Chris Rock was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars earlier this year.
While speaking to Cosmopolitan in a cover story, Tiffany Haddish revealed that she makes it a habit to “check and verify with people” before she performs jokes. This includes using a herpes joke on Usher.
“If I can’t say it to your face, I shouldn’t be able to say it,” she said. “Period. That’s how I draw the line.” Cosmopolitan wanted to know if she had any examples, and she told them that she made sure to test out a joke about Usher with the singer, himself.
“I got this joke, ‘I curse you out with joy. I hope that you spread it. I hope you spread it like Usher spreads herpes.’ I have said that in front of Usher,” Haddish claimed, also stating that Usher simply replied, “Your ass is crazy.” She added that she also told him, “I said, ‘Yeah, well, there’s a rumor out there saying you got herpes. I don’t know if you do or don’t, but that sh*t is funny.'” He apparently agreed.
“If he had said, ‘Tiff, don’t say that no more. I don’t like it. I’m not comfortable with you saying that,’ I would stop saying it.”
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